Monta Vista High School

291 reviews
  1. Fremont Union High School District
  2. 9-12
  3. Public
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    C
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Readiness
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    B-
  9. Food
    A-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Address
21840 Mcclellan Rd
Cupertino, CA 95014
Telephone
(408) 366-7600
Website

Monta Vista High School Rankings

Niche ranks over 14,000 public high schools based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Outcomes

Average Graduation Rate
99%
Average SAT
1410
442 responses
Average ACT
32
160 responses

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
96%
Percent Proficient - Math
93%
AP Enrollment
47%
AP Exam Pass Rate
92%
Advanced Math Enrollment
Very High
Poll
How challenging are academics at this school?
  • This school is nationally recognized.
    76%
  • This school is the best in the area.
    22%
  • Probably like most other schools.
    2%
  • This school doesn't challenge anyone.
    0%

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
91%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.23 responses
Poll
52%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.23 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 32 responses
  • Homecoming
    38%
  • Rallies
    38%
  • Fundraiser
    13%
  • What traditions?
    13%

Students

Diversity
C
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,351
Free or Reduced Lunch
2%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.27 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.27 responses
48%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.27 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
26:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
$87,278
Teachers in First/Second Year
2.8%
41%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.44 responses
52%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.44 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.44 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on expenses per student, number of sports offered, and student and parent reviews.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$15,916/ year
National
$11,890
87%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.46 responses
54%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.46 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.46 responses

Reviews

291 reviews
  • Excellent
    24
  • Very Good
    112
  • Average
    118
  • Poor
    28
  • Terrible
    9
The majority of Monta Vista is Asian (mainly Indian, Chinese, Korean), and so their parents tend to bring that stereotypical Asian culture to school. Obviously, it doesn't help that it's in Silicon Valley where nearly everyone is upper middle class and has some background in the high-paying and extremely competitive tech industry. It's almost impossible to avoid the competitive culture, but it pretty much never gets to the point where sabotage happens or friendships are lost. Most of the time students just complain about pressure together, and teachers are constantly reminding students that grades don't matter as much as their parents say they do. The school does a pretty good job of having stress-relieving days every now and then to make school more fun. Despite the fact that there's a white minority at school, there's not really a whole lot of race-based stereotyping, and 99% of the school is accepting of LGBTQ+ students (though sometimes you'll still hear slurs tossed around).
  • High School Senior
  • 5 months ago
The school spirit days bring out the school culture although sometimes, because of the overly competitive nature of the school body, may get out of hand. What makes this school unique is that they have STEM programs which not many other high schools provide, which provides the students at this school the opportunity to delve into new cutting-edge topics early on. However, despite these many opportunities and experiences, I would have also wanted to experience attending a school that was more economically, ethnically, and academically diverse because this school is very one-dimensional.
  • Niche User
  • 3 months ago
Teachers are pretty good (and if they aren't, you can usually fill in the gaps by asking other students). The curriculum is pretty amazing, though the workload is high. Usually two or three AP/honors classes out of 7 possible is enough—most students go to bed at around midnight. After-school peer tutoring (Study Buddies) is available for those who need it, as well as twice-a-week 45 minute tutorial periods that are specially dedicated as time for students to talk to teachers or make up work. Most students will finish calculus by the time they graduate. There's a decent variety of literature classes, though a lot of juniors take the honors class. Spanish and Japanese are fairly popular languages, though French and Chinese are also available. Freshman are required to take biology, but after that science classes are pretty evenly split. Social studies classes are pretty much set—you'll have AP options in junior and senior year, but there's not really a lot of variety there.
  • High School Senior
  • 5 months ago